Biohabitats Landscape Designer Emma Podietz.

Favorite ecosystem:

I am pretty attached to Mid-Atlantic ecosystems. This is by far the geographic area I know most about and have connected with the landscape in a deeper way through learning about it.

Favorite animal:

If I had to choose a favorite animal I’d choose opossums. I feel like their lovability is self-explanatory…. Adorable and misunderstood.

Favorite thing to do when not working:

I have a lot of hobbies! I like to ride my bike for transportation and have done some long bike tours but not for a while. Recently I have gotten very into rock climbing. I enjoy backpacking in all seasons and my favorite place to do that is the Dolly Sods wilderness in West Virginia. Love to dance and to see live music when I have the opportunity, and I also like to create art, mostly drawing and painting. I love to travel as well. Mostly I love spending time with my people and sharing experiences with them, whatever that may be.

Wetland delineation in Fort Dupont Park.

Most memorable experience in nature:

One nature experience I recently had, while camping in Colorado, was making a campfire in the snow and watching it slowly sink down through a 5 foot snow pack and create a perfect circle around itself. That was awesome! While camping in PA, I watched a raccoon eat an entire bag of about 15 chocolate muffins that it had just stolen from my campsite.


I have a cat, his name is Freddy Mercury and he’s a diva! He loves food more than any animal I’ve ever met, including humans.

Wetland delineation in Fort Dupont Park.

Further Reading

Meet Landscape Designer Emma Podietz
Get to Know Ecologist Caroline Hildebrand
Get to know Water Resources Engineer Nate Wadley
Biohabitats Senior Engineer & Practice Leader, Erin English, on the Rewilding Earth Podcast
Meet Integrated Water Resources Engineer Helen Little

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